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you do. you live in new jersey and a lot of super storm sandy money is coming into new jersey. the legislature in new jersey, i guess it was the senate in new jersey, right? >> correct. >> passes a bill yesterday that says only union companies can get any of this money. is that what they did? >> the project labor agreement which is what you are talking about was moved forward and what it does is assure that large unions will be able to run these construction projects. plas as they are called make it possible for collective bargaining on a project basis. and it's a terrific name for the unions. it's a union subsidy deal. >> comes in with a much lower bid to do something you can't get it. >> you can't worry about those bid levels. even if you bring in nonunion folks. you can't do it on a low bid. >> bill: is this democracy now? i don't understand. you have got a company that's going to come in and do the job for less money? and can't get it? >> you have got governor christie and his good friend steve swaney who is also the head of the lead organizer sweeney is the guy who said h
sandy hook massacres, you're going to have more sandy storms, like the superstorm sandy. this president has not done enough on climate. and it's always number three to him. i think 20 years from now it's going to be number one on the assessment of his legacy. i think he's got to step up to the plate. one thing he hasn't done and nobody has put forward yet, he could call for a bilateral summit with china on climate. the two biggest carbon polluters have never sat down and talked. i think he's got to be bold on immigration, he's bold on guns. if he can get bold on climate he would be a transformational president. >> bold on five things? >> if anybody can do it, barack obama can do it. >> thanks, we appreciate it. ahead, we'll talk to cyndi lauper. she's a political activist. we'll talk to her ahead about her role. that's in the next hour. stay with us. you're watching our special inauguration coverage here on cnn. officemax can help you drive supply costs down... and down. use your maxperks card and get a 10-ream case of officemax multiuse paper for just 4.99 after maxperks rewards. find
. >> in 2004. the relevant question is that these are proposals being put forward in response to sandy hook and gun violence overall in the country. so, will they address that problem? the university background check would have been passed by the person who bought the gun used in connecticut. >> paul: well, let me argue that some the things he's proposed on mental health, easing the laws hipaa, a federal privacy law, and like administrators in schools or doctors and medical officers be able to share information when they see some kid who seems to be troubled, and identify him and maybe push him in assisted treatment, that kind of thing would help, seems to me. >> it would definitely help. that side of it is the piece we haven't had much of a conversation about. >> almost like an afterthought that the president offered it, but may be the most effective. >> newtown event, virginia tech, killing in the theaters in colorado by these violently mentally ill people, really is not related to gun control, it's about what you're describing, which is monitoring and ensuring that those people are takin
change, and unimaginable human tragedies like sandy hook elementary. but we also bear witness to rapid breakthroughs in technology, medicine, and the fundamental understanding of our universe. every day i am left in awe at how much we are able to achieve, and heartbroken over the tragedies that we have had to endure. we truly live in extraordinary times. we also live in an extraordinary state, filled with extraordinary people. where the world sees uncertainty, we washingtonians see opportunity. and we all feel a profound responsibility to our children and our grandchildren. we have a spirit of innovation here in washington that has changed the world, from aerospace to software to e-commerce. and you know what? we are not done. [applause] a new world economy is emerging from the depths of this recession, and while its contours and relationships are not fully understood to us, we do know two things. first, with our uniquely powerful fusion of values and talents, washington state has the potential to lead the next wave of world-changing innovations. second, the world will not wait for us.
the trauma of the sandy hook massacre, the urgent call to limit easy access to guns has exposed the american cultural divide over firearms. the president has offered 23 executive actions to strengthen background checks and better address mental hent and called for armed officers in schools that want them. but it's fraught with danger for the president. there are 20 democratic senate seats up for grabs in 2014, including in the gun-friendly states of arkansas, alaska, iowa, colorado and south dakota, which suggests any gun control measuresville to be a compromise. >> everyone's trying to divert from the core issue. there is a huge consensus in the country, including a vast majority of valentine republicans that things like assault weapons, high-capacity magazine, universal background check, making progress on mental health -- these are things we should and can do to help reduce gun violence. >> this is something we can do something about -- mental health, information sharing, background checks and other things as well, but it has to be a plan that could work or the president won't get it done
he vote against the sandy relief aid? >>> finally now matter how rational president obama is, the extreme end of the pro gun side will always hear something like this courtesy of jimmy kimmel this time. >> why does president obama want to take everybody's guns away? >> everybody's guns are going to be taken away. >> that's right. the federal government is about to take your guns away. >> the federal government's about to take all your guns away. >> whose guns? >> everybody's guns. >> how many guns? >> all your guns. >> call the white house right now because if you don't -- >> here it comes. >> -- here it comes. paid for by americans against context. >> people are going to believe in that. i was just kidding. >>> up next, among the challenges facing president obama in his second term, criticism by some on the makeup of his cabinet. not enough women. and that's ahead. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. protein in jellyfish, impact life expectancy in the u.s., real estate in hong kong, and the optics industry in germany? at t. rowe price, we understand the conne
for coming. >> thanks for having me. >> michael: at least 1,016 americans have died since the sandy hook elementary shooting. that's a rough estimate that we're giving you from "slate magazine." this is a memorial for ken harbin in oakland, california. ken was shot friday night a few blocks from his home. jennifer mentioned his death on yesterday's show here about urban violence. his teacher sent us this photo. he says he was gentle well mannered and on his track to graduate. it's a good reminder that gun violence affects us from coast-to-coast, and senseless gun violence continues to happen in america every day. circumstance & the inside analysis. the presidential inauguration this monday morning at 10 eastern only on current tv. but when joint pain and stiffness from psoriatic arthritis hit even the smallest things became difficult. i finally understood what serious joint pain is like. i talked to my rheumatologist and he prescribed enbrel. enbrel can help relieve pain, stiffness, and stop joint damage. because enbrel, etanercept suppresses your immune system, it may
checks and mental health records. republicans know that sandy hook was such a tragedy that they have to do something. the problem i have, who on are the democrats up for re-election, they are going to determine the debate more than the republicans. >> how does the president avoid the second term curse? >> he is trying to use his organization to get out his message and ideas. what could happen, which would be a problem, if all of tfightig continues to happen, and drives out his ideas. i think the nonprofit will get around that and keep the conversation at least about ideas. >> you believe in this group? ? i do. i do i'm drinking the kool aid. >> the republicans know they lost the latino vote by 40 points. there's a great incentive to come together on something for their political benefit. that's is an issue where it's irrelevant. 2005, bush took up social security. he was a part of himself on that issue. versus obama taking on a few issues. gun control, there's room, executive orders. there's a way to get around it. >> quickly, the biggest thing for the president in the second term, c
shot. >> i've never seen the president quite as emotionally moved as i saw him after sandy hook and this is an issue that we have carried a lot on my show but when i saw what he said the other day and the proposals put forward, executive order and with congress, i was so impressed by the boldness and the courage of the leadership and then the reality check. within minutes, people popping up on both sides saying, well, of course, he can't through an assault weapons ban. >> we'll see. >> today, a young teenage boy killed five people with an assault weapon. the weekend, we had people injured at gun shows with guns. the irony not lost on anybody on gun appreciation day. america is a country riddled with gun violence. do you think the president has the political clout and the personal drive to try and pursue an assault weapons ban if it looks like he can't? >> i think he's made that clear. he is going to pursue it and -- >> can he succeed? >> well, you know, let's see. i think integral to succeeding in washington is building the american people's voice from the inside. we announced a
sandy hook, of course, it must be everyone who is at a college or school's nightmare that they hear gunfire. did you hear the gunfire going off? do you know how many people actually shotguns? because there are various reports that it was one shooter, two shooters and so on. >> i personally did not hear the gunshots. i did hear some gunshots later as i was moving away from the scene. they were off in the distance. but as far as the gunshots go, i actually did not hear them. i was told by another student who had saw me, he indicated that i had arrived at about approximately 1, 1 1/2 minutes after the shooting had occurred. so i actually did not hear it. the latest report was saying that there were three wounded and one of those three being the suspected shooter. >> right. we believe there's a fourth who had a heart attack. the final question just briefly, if you could. my understanding is you have armed police specifically employed at the school and also civilian security, but they're not armed, is that correct? >> i think some of them are. they do have a police substation right there
jersey areas. were a lot of hurricane sandy damage still is existing. the question is do you look at the facts, we have biological and social economic systems that are in play with rapidly changing global climate. seo keeps going up. it's important. maybe this is a problem that man has made? >> just recently it was that we could go forward and get $136 billion in investments from governments, they predict it would spur over $560 billion in investment from the private sector. so actually there is new industries to be created, whether it's geo- engineering or elsewhere. neil: you know congress' ability to take in the money and waste the money and lose the money. let's check out the president and first lady of the united states. ♪ [patriotic music playing] ♪ neil: what you make of that? >> you are investing in our country. when you say there is more certification, ice is retreating, glaciers are retreating. we have to do something about this area and hopefully the president will provide some leadership. this is a world problem and we need everyone engaged. neil: all right, thank
now. they have taxes raised and passed the sandy relief on a bipartisan vote and they will pass immigration reform and deal with the debt ceiling. he broke the republicans's arms on that. >> still got the votes. >> sandy relief who will disagree on that? >> a lot of of people. remember how chris christie was screaming? >> screaming at -- >> house republicans. >> right. >> what happens is up until now you had something called the hastert rule in the house. republicans stood together. that has been demolished in the last month. it's going to continue to be demolished when votes on immigration comes up and solving the sequestration money comes up and also on the budget. the real test for the president is whether he is going to go up against his own caucus to do things on medicare social security and a few other issues. >> we are looking at the president on a motorcade going down pennsylvania avenue. every time i look at the inaugural route, i can't help but go back to january 20th 1977 and jimmy carter breaking precedent and stepping out of the car and shaking h
of that on these big fights and it's about seizing the moment because the further and further you get from the sandy hook tragedy, the less you're likely to achieve and he's trying to make this happen swiftly. >> let's talk about second terms. how have presidents comparatively, how have they feared in his second term. that's when the big scandal happens. the iran-contra and watergate, the monica lewinsky. how can we forget and the fallout during the bush administration over the iraq war and hurricane katrina, so certainly, things could get a little worse for the president in the coming years, but he does start with the decent approval rating and at least part of congress on his side on most issues. >> you do have to wonder how much of his political capital he'll use on gun control in his short term, before immigration and not even just talking about the debt ceiling, but if he is to do -- with regard to the gun control and universal background checks and he is going to have to spend a great deal of time and a great deal of political capital to get that done. >> the white house says a few things abou
from hurricane sandy. we're a leading global insurance company, based right here in america. we've repaid every dollar america lent us. everything, plus a profit of more than $22 billion. for the american people. thank you, america. helping people recover and rebuild -- that's what we do. now let's bring on tomorrow. >>> it's a beautiful look at washington, d.c., in the wee hours of the morning. welcome back, i'm john berman along with randi kaye. president obama has something new on his limousine for this inauguration weekend. we'll show it to you here. at the bottom it says taxation without representation. washington, d.c. dmv put that on plates 13 years ago. the district city council passed a resolution last week asking the president to change his plates, he did. >> there they are. >>> we all know what it takes to throw a good party, even an inauguration party. good friends, good food and maybe a good cocktail or two. what does that mean here in washington? >> when it comes to political parties, none bigger than a presidential inaugration, like any good celebration, it requir
week the congress just passed a $60 billion relief bill for sandy. now, everybody wants to help the victims of that terrible storm but guess what, only about a third of that money was for the victims of the storm. the other $40 billion or so was pork barrel projects. the same old thing in washington, bill. i'm not sure either party wants to get really serious about the spending problem fo problem. >> the spending will be a big issue and so too will taxes. we talked about states in the country that do not have an income tax and how really the rush for this seems to be growing in popularity, matt. alaska, florida, nevada, south dakota, texas, washington, wyoming on the map there. what is your sense about how regular tax paying americans get better control of their own finances and pushing the state house on the state level or governors to act more like the 7 or 8 states we just showed on the screen there? >> a trend that we talked about this last week, bill it will continue for a lot of more states will be joining this. the taxpayers say to themselves listen cut the income tax and
as the sandy hook tragedy took place. both of these things will be stretched out over time and come together. that's the only thing that should get to the president's desk, constitutional, prudent decisions made by the house, the senate, and the presidency. >> on the day of celebration, congressman, appreciate your time. it does seem we're heading towards what's more familiar in this town krb i know mayor booker is not a huge fan of it, but it's become a staple in this town -- confrontation. >> he's not a fan of it, but i bet he's pretty good at it, i'm going to guess, go out on a limb on that. thank you, john. appreciate that. >>> still ahead on "starting point," president obama has faced well publicized battles with congress. we're going to talk to senator angus king, an independent. he says he came to washington to shake things up. we'll ask him what that means straight ahead. ♪ [ male announcer ] the distances aren't getting shorter. ♪ the trucks are going farther. the 2013 ram 1500 with best-in-class fuel economy. engineered to move heaven and earth. guts. glory. ram. the new ram 15
of the sandy supplemental. it did not get into the house side. so we're still looking for the house to act. currently, the house has holds on bilateral security assistance, on other kinds of support for anti-terrorism assistance. so we got to get our act together between the administration and the congress. >> the cia has a black box budget, a secret budget that is at least partly secret, right, opaque, unquestionable. and even if we did know how big the intelligence budget was for the cia and the rest of the intelligence community in this country, rest assured that the only political impact of knowing that number is that someone in congress would insist that we double that number. the united states military has a budget so gargantuan that it roughly approximates the military budgets of all of our conceivable adversaries and major allies combined. the state department is the only part of the u.s. government that fields high-level personnel doing high security, high tension work in highly sensitive places around the globe alongside the intelligence and the military, except they, the state d
wand to say we'll look at sandy funding for the hurricane victims then take this up in a couple of days. why not do it today? you're riding the wave of the inaugural address yesterday. are these guys even serious about reform or do they just always want to be able to play good cop against republicans in a pantomime that never ends? >> two things you have to recall about this particular incident. the first is that the senate is a clubby atmosphere. it is like -- somebody described it as one of the most exclusive clubs in america. only 100 members. it doesn't change very often. they want to be able to get along with each other and look as though they've got some kind of comedy. they've got some kind of gentlemen's arrangement that can move things forward. the problem with that theory is the republicans haven't been playing under those rules for years. we've got a supermajority that's required to get anything done and a minority that can actively block it. the second thing is a lot of the leadership is coming from the top, down. not from the bottom, up. you have the udall merkley bill that
that none of the changes would have done a darn thing about aurora, colorado or sandy hook, that's he demeaning, to suggest to americans we're going to take away your liberties and further infringe on your ability to own a particular type of gun and we know that it's not going to change the murders of americans that happen. >> megyn: i think that tone he struck, don't patronize your opposition because they seem to have heart felt beliefs on this issue. obama's been criticized for not getting that. when we went it break we played the sound bite of him saying the only reason you're seeing the long lines for the gun stores right now, because people are trying to gin up their own ratings or their own profits. i mean, president clinton, i presume, is not trying to do that. there are people who really genuinely believe this is an infringement on their constitutional rights and does the left risk alienate that, not just the left, but gun control people, by not acknowledging that's a real heart felt belief? >> look, i come from gun hunting, we had the first day of gun hunting off. >> megyn: w
'm glad that he used occasion of the sandy hook crisis to deal with the gun issues. that's -- that killing and -- sandy hook was -- these 20 babies who never had a chance to open their christmas presents, never could see -- something about that that -- a tipping point. yet, illuminates chicago. 32,000 killed nationally. the killing epidemic is huge. i wish it would come to chicago because -- antiseptic new -- the -- >> reverend jackson, we see the chief justice of the united states, john roberts, arriving on capitol hill behind us right now. he will be administering the oath of office to the president for a fourth time. yesterday was the third. twice four years ago. fourth and last time, we should point out. this will be a significant historic moment. >> we are 160 miles from jamestown, virginia, where the slave ship landed. he looks over where lincoln is immortalized and dr. king statue. >> look at that. sonia sotomayor, justice, arriving as well. she will be administering the oath of office. the vice president -- >> since '63 to today, many way it is whole world has change. >> have come
a special task force to develop responses to the tragedy not only at sandy hook elementary school, but the daily tragedies we see all across america. the nation's mayors and vice president biden have stood together for many, many years in support of public safety. after all, it was then-senator joe biden who championed the crime bill, which established the cops program and included the ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, which congress unfortunately, allowed to expire. yesterday, i was personally very proud to be in the white house as president obama and vice president biden unveiled a strong, comprehensive package of legislative and regulatory reforms needed to response to the ongoing gun violence in america's cities and suburbs. seey day america's mayors the carnage caused by illegal guns and assault weapons that have no place on our nation's streets. working with president obama, vice president biden and the congress, we will make sure that the changes that are needed to protect our children are made. ladies and gentlemen, u.s. conference of mayors, welcome bac
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